Busy month for St Mary’s Secondary School

by Rose Barrett
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Best Display Award – Fingal Enterprise Awards  Well done to Hannah Pilniak and Brooke O’Connor who won the “Best Display Award” at the recent Fingal Enterprise Awards held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown.  Their mini company, ‘Christmas Corks’, proved to be such a great success, they managed to donate €400 to the Jack and Jill Foundation. Well done to the enterprising duo!

Science Week

St Mary’s celebrated their Science Week in early March, writes Rose Barrett. This was an action-packed week, with activities and trips for all classes and year groups.  On Monday of Science Week, researchers from Trinity College visited the school to run a workshop with Leaving Certificate Chemistry students on the topic of batteries and renewable energy.

On Tuesday, the Second Years took part in the interactive iWish Women in Stem webinar, hosted in the RDS. The Second Years also put on a Science Fair in the sports hall on Thursday to demonstrate their CBAs to the First Years, with Fifth Years acting as judges. Thursday also saw the First Years launching model rockets in Baldoyle Racecourse Park. Fifth Years attended a workshop run by the Rotunda Hospital on the topics of sexual health and contraceptives.

Throughout the week, there were also competitions with prizes to be won; Scientist of the Day, the Element Hunt, tables quizzes and a colouring competition. St Mary’s was bustling with energy for the entire week and everyone got involved, in appreciation of science in our lives.

Book Week 2023

Staff and students of St Mary’s also celebrated ‘Book Week’ and ‘World Book Day’ in mid-March, writes Rose Barrett. There was plenty of activities happening in the school, to celebrate and shine a light on the culture of literature that occurs in St Mary’s on a daily basis.

Activities and events included Drop Everything and Read (DEAR Time), table quizzes in various classes, spot prizes for students who were reading a book at certain stages of the day and ‘Match the Teacher to the Book’ contest, a highly competitive ‘the Unbeaten Teachers against the best of the Sixth Year Students Game of Countdown’.

The whole school attended the latter Teachers v Pupils along with a dress-up day where students recreated their favourite book characters, quotes competitions, book swaps and a trip with First year students to join the local library in Baldoyle. A massive thanks to Mr O’Neill and all of the teachers on the Literacy Committee for organising such a jam-packed week of books!

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